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Smokehowze last won the day on September 5 2017

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  1. Smokehowze

    Pork Belly 2 Ways

    Pork belly is another "magic meat" in my opinion Good fixed in many ways. Treated right and the fat and skin components add up to delicious. I like the dual approach you took in the same cook as it provides a great one-on-on comparison. I will take a plate of each. And you are right - the meat is "rich" and a little goes a a long way. Yummy meal(s) there.
  2. I just hate it when you start posting that diet food stuff. But the ye old Fry Daddy makes some good eat'n. Except today the oil fill now costs darn near more than what one pays for the Fry Daddy.
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    Stuff on Biscuits

    That looks really delicious and filling! Like the cured beef you did - pecan wood is one of my good to woods. For me the only thing missing would be some eggs and a side of grits to get the perfect week-end breakfast. But maybe those were out of camera range.
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    Hot smoked ham

    Yummm. Nice looking hams. Interested in what is your brine mix make-up and ratios? Salt, sugar, cure... With a 14 day cure have you experienced any 'ropyness' to the brine near the end of the curing? Just curious...
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    Making Bologna at Home

    Love it! Homemade bologna is the king. Son and I just made a 3 lb roll of pork only (as that was leftover from another project and no beef was thawed) that we cooked in my round homeade "ham press" in the sous vide. Used mace instead of nutmeg (same family) but no coriander in this batch and I think it does need the coriander.like you did. How garlicky is yours with the one clove? Ours needed a higher garlic profile (using granulated) as we were seeking a "garlic" bologna and I am curious the difference using fresh. I like the turkey thighs idea....
  6. It is Good Friday and you are from New Orleans ... what to cook ... simple answer - a Shrimp Etouffee. Start with a traditional roux of flour and oil Add the the Cajun Trinity (onion, bell pepper, celery). Add the tomato elements and the other seasonings and good stuff you learned from your mama and your "May May" (grandmother) Cook the mixture for the flavor to develop and adjust seasonings until it is just right. Then at the very end when the rice is separately done cooking, add the peeled and butterflied shrimp that have been brined in a salt solution and crab boil seasoning mixture. Cook for a few more minutes.... Then say the blessing and enjoy with the family. Happy Easter!
  7. OK. I am hungry all over again! You win!
  8. Smokehowze

    Casserole hates me...

    THAT is such a classic and timeless photo. The green eyed glint and the green sweater... and the expression is pure Machiavelli. You MIGHT get forgiveness this one time but you had better not try that a second time!
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    Detroit Style Pizza Pan

    And I just HAD to catch up on my reading with this post while in a self-imposed restricted carbs regimen ....must resist a cheat day... must resist...
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    New knives

    The family (and me too !) is still enjoying the "Tojiro Family" I bought almost a year ago. Each of the 4 cooks in the family has settled into their favorite knife/style. No regrets on these purchases.
  11. Smokehowze

    LED Bulbs for Automotive Upgrades

    Speaking of headlights - Personally at this point in time in the development cycle of LEDs for headlight aftermarket replacements, I am of the view of stay far away. This person, whose web page I ran across on the net, whose business is lighting consultancy, seems to be knowledgeable on LED headlight issues and has some interesting observations - https://www.danielsternlighting.com/ and these articles in particular are quite interesting https://www.danielsternlighting.com/tech/aim/aim.html and the ones on this page https://www.danielsternlighting.com/tech/bulbs/blue/blue.html A funny but true story -- In the long ago past I had upgraded my 1978 VW Scirocco's four round headlights to PIIA higher wattage non sealed beam halogens (tsk tsk tsk - what would the guverment say! ) and added additional PIAA driving and fog lights - using the racing/off road versions of the time all the way around. Totally not NHTSA highway legit, but I loved that lighting. So, I remember driving on a super dark night on a empty unlit nowhere road with all my lighting fully on. That meant every bulb lit. Thought I was hot stuff. Pickup pulls up next to me and flips on his "lighting" and it looks like day time as if I never even had my lights on. Got the guy to pull over. He was a running a serious bank of aircraft landing lights mounted on his bed bar. Bulb life sucked but he could see to eternity and beyond if he needed/wanted to. I told him he won, I give up....LOL. Ah... back in good old days! Darn, I miss that car!
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    Which pizza stone do you use?

    Cordierite "Kiln" shelves (new not used) for ceramic firing kilns from my local ceramics shop are my favorites. I said local shops as generally shipping is cost prohibitive. Comes in square and round shapes in full and half sizes in differing diameters and dimensions. I like to have the "pizza stone" air-gapped above the deflectors with 3/4 to 1 inch ceramic kiln posts. Prices used to be quite good on the kiln shelves in caparison to the retail pizza stones but prices have gone up over the last few years. The Cordierite shelves are also useful as heat deflectors due to their construction, material and thickness.
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    LED Bulbs for Automotive Upgrades

    Topic: Replacing incandescent automotive bulbs with LEDs. I have done a LOT of web, Amazon & Ebay searching. And even the ' religious" wars in some of the auto forums. There are many sources of automotive LEDs with reviews and quality issues that vary all over the spectrum (excuse the pun). Any suggestions on a reputable source for quality & reliable LEDs bulbs for automotive upgrades with realistic lumen claims? I am not considering headlights or other exterior lighting bulbs except for back-up bulbs. Mainly interior and running boards and such. Have gotten a few LED assemblies for my "Toyota test vehicle" from www.superbrightleds.com and been well satisfied, but I now want to do multiple vehicles which gets into $$$$. Especially in the backup lights (921) and the number of 194 bulbs needed plus a few other misc types across the family fleet. So worth considering other sources of good bulbs that last - i.e., based on real feedback and usage experiences. Particularity looking at these: Type 168/194 in 90+ lumens in approximately 4000-4300 k color temp, 360 degree pattern Type (DE3175) 31 mm Festoon dome light bulbs in 90+ lumens in approximately 6000-6500 k color temp, - one sided ~ 120-180 degree pattern Type 921 Backup lights and cargo lights in 250-260 lumens in approximately 6000-6500 k color temp, 360 degree pattern Not looking for LEDs that have a bluish component. The superbrights I have used in the color temps above have no nasty bluish elements even at ~6000k, but overall the ~4000k are my favorites for interior but no one seems to make the festoon domes in 4000k range at decent lumens and cost. I do not necessarily require CANBUS compatibility bulbs. Upgrading from stock 921s at probably 100 lumens to the 260 lumen LEDs for the backup lights is an amazing difference with significant safety improvement - even at ~ $15 a "bulb". Interior lumen upgrades are similarly impressive in the one vehicle I have partially converted so far. If somebody is hiding in the vehicle you will know it when you hit the remote! As noted - I have no issues with buying more from superbrightleds other than my overall total cost for a number of vehicles in the family. I partially did one vehicle and now everybody wants the upgrades in theirs. Quality and reliability is the balance against cost. Just worth surveying the expertise and knowledge in this forum. Thanks,
  14. Smokehowze

    Rutland Fire Starters- 24 pack

    I also use the Rutland ones from Tractor Supply. Last time I stocked up, 2 packages of 24 each were cheaper than the 48 pack. Go figure! Regardless, they work well. And on sale, they are even a better bargain. I find that too much flame from the torch is not the best for lighting them, seems to start them carbonizing before the paraffin gets vaporizing - a gentler flame gets them going much better. Seems I should run down to my store and restock for 2018. LOL
  15. Smokehowze

    Fumoto Oil Drain Valve

    I am using the EZ Drain Valve. http://www.oildrainvalve.net/ I liked the features of the EZ Drain for my applications better than the Fumoto. I liked their approach to a screw in dirt cap on the EZ Drain. For an extra safety lock with the EZ Drain (if you think you want to add that) I use a small screw type hose clamp. Also on my vehicles the valves are well protected - if they were not I would not have gone with either solution from Fumoto or EZ Drain.